Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Search and Rescue

13 Apr 21: 

Skipper looking for benches and tables that went MIA during Hurricane Sally and took a ride across the bay. We did find one small table that we made, Victory! And she found a stick.

Saturday, April 3, 2021

Hobie 14 and DN Iceboat Models

 03 Apr 21:

Early Spring project? Nice models of a Hobie 14 and DN Iceboat available from the WoodenBoat Store.

Photo credits WoodenBoat Store


 03 April 21:

Still moving bits around as the Armada shifts Homeport from the Gulf Squadron to the Atlantic Squadron. Carriage House was getting a little crowded with 2 Sunfish on dollies and a lawn tractor, and we wanted one of the Sunfish easily accessible for nice sailing days ahead before the final move.

Spring cleaning, we mowed the yard and moved WILLOW's trailer off the grass onto the Wheel Deck.

Skipper's John Deere WILEY gave her Sunfish WAVE a tow back to the Sunfish Shack, so WAVE could keep SCOUT company.

1963 wooden Alcort CHIP keeps an eye on her shipping box, WILEY checks out the Carriage House.

Log of the Sunfish Shack.

Log of the Carriage House.

Saturday, March 27, 2021

1959 Sorg 15 Runabout WILLOW 21 Mar 21 Washdown and Sunset Cruise

21 Mar 21:

Poor WILLOW had months of dust and pine pollen on her, so we motored up to the beach and she got a fresh water rinse topsides and a salt water rinse on the planks. Then she went on a recon mission to see if we could find any of our debris from Hurricane Sally, to include a bench, a table and pier parts. Nothing spotted.

We did spy a nice sunset.

Log of WILLOW.

Armada Homeport Change Update 19 Mar 21

19 Mar 21: 

Our Mustang Super Sally arrived at the new Homeport to take command of the Armada. 

CYANE moved outside to stand watch, where she is well trained. She's also ready to roll to her new post on the eastern perimeter, we may leave her rigged on the hard at a local "yacht club."

The Marine Traffic Control Board is updated, the boats below the blank strip have changed Homeport, now part of the Atlantic Squadron. 5 boats left to move.

1963 Alcort Sunfish CHIP 16 Mar 21 Shipping Box

 16 Mar 21:

Our Sunfish CHIP is scheming an air freight trip to the Pacific Northwest, we had a shipping box made from double wall cardboard. Picked the box up and we'll pack CHIP for the trip soon.

Monday, March 15, 2021

Armada Movement, Sunfish Shack and Carriage House Update

 15 Mar 21:

There are a few open spots in the Sunfish Shack, in fact this photo is not current as the only Sunfish holding down the fort is WAVE, the boat in the foreground. The other boat PHOENIX made the trek to Tidewater in a UHaul a few days ago. Even the rubber mats left.

The Carriage House occupants are CHIP and Skipper's John Deere WILEY. CHIP is scheduled to strike out on her own adventure up to the great Northwest, details soon.

HEUER GARAGE South will now be HEUER GARAGE East

Moved some of Skipper's rocks...

PHOENIX got to ride in the UHaul ORANGE 1 on the Finishing Dolly, and we took the catboat strongback for MARGARET ROSE along as well. Skipper's rock made a good chock.

CYANE rode in style behind ORANGE 1.

Sunfish MADISON showed up with the little punt SCUPPERS in PODS 3.

Temporary lodging until the new Carriage House and Sunfish Shack are built. CYANE seems to be in ONKAHYE's spot.

Checked out a local business for the new Carriage House v2.0, they take custom orders and have the sheds built off site, then trucked in. Nice features can be added like windows, lofts and shelves, and joist spacing can be set to 12 inches if desired to carry heavier loads like a boat trailer. I particularly like the LP TechShield radiant barrier, that should help control temperature.

1963 Alcort Sunfish CHIP 24 Feb 21 Deck Edge Repair and Floorboards

24 Feb 21:

CHIP got banged up a little during Hurricane Sally, some chips along the deck edge and one floorboard washed away. We filled in the divots with TotalBoat THIXO thickened epoxy dispensed from a 18:1 High Thrust caulk gun and smoothed it out as best we could with a plastic spreader, hoping to minimize sanding. 

The wooden Sunfish have floorboards, we cut a new one from 1/4 inch marine grade plywood for CHIP, painted it with TotalBoat WetEdge BlueGlo White and coated the top with TotalTread non skid. The test fit was today and everything fits perfect.

Carriage House Floor Patterns

 24 Feb 21:

We are making tracings of the Carriage House floor art and catboat half breadths, to transfer over to the new Carriage House in Virginia.

Log of the Carriage House.

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Boat Trailer Chocks

24 Feb 21:

There is nothing more salty in trailer sailing than making some trailer chocks. Using Capn Jack's time honored method we made a few extra chocks from scrap 2x4 pressure treated lumber and spare bits of line. We use a 1 inch spade bit to drill out a space to bury the chock line knot underneath, and another smaller hole for the line to pass through, as big or bigger than the line diameter. Then we paint the chocks a visible color so they don't become trip hazards.

If we shave a little off the top edge that faces the tire, then the chocks become "handed," there is a left hand chock and a right hand chock. You might note that the video ends abruptly, when I noticed that I had drilled the hole for a couple of chocks on the wrong end. Easy to drill a few more holes :)

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Jewelry Box

 24 Feb 21:

We like to make things out of wood scraps, some of the pieces of the Penobscot's strongback got turned into a jewelry box a few years back.

Carriage House Update

 22 Feb 21:

Carriage House contents are leaning out, SCUPPERS went along with PODS #3 to the new homeport. WAVE is left holding down the floor, so next we'll roll the 1963 wooden Sunfish CHIP in to pack her in a moving container, she is heading to a Grand Adventure in NW, details to follow.

There will be a Carriage House v2.0 built when we get the Hampton Roads area. Don't be surprised if it looks similar to the Gosport Naval Shipyard boat houses of the 1840s, with a canal cut to a drydock area behind the Casa :)

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Armada Relocation Pods #3

 23 Feb 21:

PODS #3 arrived, the POD system is pretty ingenious. The truck shows up and a travel lift is used as needed to lift the pod off of the truck, the truck is moved and then pod is lowered. Once free of the pod the lift can walk itself back over to the truck.

We are ordering 16 foot pods so we can fit our 13' 7" foot Sunfish on a dolly inside. 1981 AMF Sunfish MADISON wasted no time claiming her spot.

For this POD we built a 5 x 8 table to stack other bits on, once we get to the new homeport we'll repurpose the table as a craft table. It will be heavy with the 2 x 4 planks on the top, so I built the frame first, hoisted one end up and rolled MADISON underneath, as her dolly wheels were too wide to fit past the legs. 

Next we lowered the frame and added 2 x 4 x 8 pressure treated pine planks to make the table top,

Our Subaru Outback SUPER GUMBY helped us gather the last few planks, we love the versatility of the cargo space.

We needed something to prop up the bow of the dolly, so I made another John Gardner Boat Shop Stool, signal flag Bravo. More info on that in another post

We loaded SCUPPERS also, and left some space above MADISON so she doesn't get damaged, she had a rough ride through the hurricane and deserves a break. Shop Stool BRAVO pressed into service immediately, paint still tacky.

Monday, February 22, 2021

Gardner Boat Shop Bench aka Carpenter's Trestle

 22 Feb 21:

Here's a repost from April 2018. We have been using these trestles for 3 years now and they are very good additions to a boat shop. And to a back porch. Very useful for additional seating too. I have made close to a dozen from lumber that washes up onto the beach, usually 2x6 pressure treated. Read on...

18 Apr 18: 

I started fiddling with building a carpenter's trestle. I had seen a nice looking bench at the John Gardner workshop in Mystic Seaport and came across the term "trestle" while looking for information on tools in the 1918 book Farm Mechanics. Sounded like just the thing I need to steady pieces while I worked on them. We had some hunks of cedar, beams from our covered porch in Texas, that were being used as benches and plant stands, so I decided to use those. They'll get to be benches or plant stand when not being trestles, but now have new legs. Here is my adaptation so far.

Here is a similar bench in the John Gardner Boat Shop at Mystic, versatile, used to support boats during storage or maintenance. Upright or flipped.

I cut an angled notch for the 2x6 so it sits flush at the top, trimmed the 2x6 flush. The leg sits at a nice angle so I'll cut three more.

From SBR 3: Jan 2014-

From SBR 3: Jan 2014-

From SBR 3: Jan 2014-

I used a reciprocating saw first to cut the notch, then found I could cut them faster with a hand saw. A variation of this that I came up with later was to cut the notches all the way to the end of the seat with 10 degree bevel set on a circular saw, a time saver.

From SBR 3: Jan 2014-

From SBR 3: Jan 2014-

Chiseled the bevel.

From SBR 3: Jan 2014-

Cut a brace for the legs.

From SBR 3: Jan 2014-

Turned out nice.

From SBR 3: Jan 2014-

We can also use it as a plant stand and regular bench.

From SBR 3: Jan 2014-

One tip was to cut a V shaped notch into one end of the seat, about 2 inches wide across the top of the V. The notch can be used to help hold a board, wedge the end of the board into the ground and steady it with one hand and the V. Later benches have the legs and cross brace set in about an inch. this allows clamps to be used on the end. Don't set them in too far, or the bench could become unstable.

Here's a variation of the bench we made with some 2x8 lumber that washed up on our beach. 2x6s work great as well.

Log of Gardner Bench.